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National American University Acquires Henley-Putnam University

Welcome to National American University!

We are pleased to announce, effective March 21, 2018, the transfer of all Henley-Putnam University (H-PU) programs and curriculum to National American University (NAU). We welcome you as you continue your program in the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security within NAU’s College of Military Studies.

About National American University

Established in 1941, National American University is a multistate institution of higher learning offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in traditional, online, and blended formats. Throughout its history, NAU has been known for its student-focused culture and performance-based curricula in designated professions.

National American University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604,, (800) 621-7440, with several programs separately accredited or approved by national educational and professional associations.

National American University is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid programs. NAU is also approved for veterans training and for administering the various educational programs sponsored by state and federal agencies, including military tuition assistance and veteran’s benefits.

About the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security at NAU

As part of National American University’s College of Military Studies, the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security will maintain a distinctive educational focus on strategic security, intelligence management, and counterterrorism through certificates and programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The academic leadership who served H-PU will continue to serve in the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security at NAU.

Transition to NAU For Current or Returning Students

Our goal is to provide you with as smooth and seamless a transition as possible.

  • Student Advisors – Your student advisor will contact you and assist you to complete the necessary online forms to enroll at NAU and introduce you to NAU resources, including the NAU student portal, OneStop, online library, and online bookstore.
  • Course Delivery – To ensure continuity, all courses will continue to be offered in Moodle until students and faculty are oriented and courses are converted to NAU’s learning management system, D2L BrightSpace.
  • Additional Information – More information will be provided through future communications, including emails, course and webpage postings, and webinars.


Upon successful completion of your program, you will receive your degree or certificate from National American University, which is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Students who graduate after March 21, 2018, will be invited to participate in formal graduation ceremonies in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Again, welcome to the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security at National American University. We are dedicated to sustaining the mission to advance the safety and security of our nation through distinctive online education led by professionals in the fields of strategic security, intelligence management, and counterterrorism.

Need more information? Call us at 1-855-246-7440 or email us at

Manager Presented With Patriot Award - Weston Neiffer

Weston Neiffer

Weston Neiffer (pictured right), Military Enrollment and Training manager for National American University’s College of Military Studies, was awarded the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Program. Weston was nominated by Military Enrollment and Staff Training Specialist Chace Larsen, a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard. We are proud of Weston for supporting the deployments of our staff! The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Michele Sanchez

Michele Sanchez

Michele Sanchez is an Enrollment and Completion Advisor for National American University’s Ellsworth Air Force Base Campus. She has been with NAU since 1999, when she started as both a teacher and a student.  

“I went to their base office and wanted to take a class for fun,” said Michele. “After my interview, I signed up for the class and NAU also hired me to teach.”

Michelle earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her student teaching experience was interesting, to say the least.

“I completed my student teaching in one of the most dangerous areas in San Francisco, where drive by shootings were weekly occurrences. It was very dangerous but it was also one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Helping these students whose English skills were limited, succeed.”

Michele also has some important advice for our students.

“My advice to students is to pick a major that they are passionate about, don’t just pick a degree to complete because you need a degree,” said Michelle. “The majority of your life, you will be working and everyone should pick something they are interested in and that they enjoy.”

Christina (Chris) McCormick

Christina (Chris) McCormick

Meet Christina (Chris) McCormick. Chris is the Military Site Director for the College of Military Studies Ellsworth AFB campus. She retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of active duty, serving in many capacities ranging from Personnel Management Specialist to Commandant of the Ellsworth Air Force Base’s Airman Leadership School.

Ms. McCormick’s experience with National American University began after her brother – an NAU employee – pressed her about getting an education.

“He shared the AU-ABC (Air University – Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative) and I was sold! It was unbelievable to me how many transfer credits could be applied toward my degree,” said Chris. “Because of NAU employees and their military friendly degree programs, I reached my goal of completing my bachelor’s degree.”

One of Chris’s most memorable experiences during her military career was visiting Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.

“Inside a mountain are 14 buildings, 13 of which are three stories. The buildings are built on giant springs; very fascinating.”

Chris retired from the Air Force knowing she wanted to work for NAU. She was impressed with the culture of the school and the strong focus on student success. As a veteran herself, and now as a site director serving veterans, her passion is to improve the lives of military members through education.

“I have a deep appreciation for what military members and their families do for this country. I am also proud of NAU and their support of our military.”